The Employees’ Compensation Commission, pursuant to its mandate to provide appropriate and meaningful benefits for workers who are victims of work-related contingencies, lifted the suspension of payment of EC death benefits in the public sector beyond the five-year guaranteed period through ECC Board Resolution No. 12-07-16 dated 27 July 2012.
The resumption of payment of survivorship pension is now being implemented by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) with prospective application and subject to the following qualifications.
- Those EC survivorship pensioners who are actually receiving pensions as of August 2012 shall no longer be subject to the 5-year cap;
- Those who will be entitled to receive EC survivorship pension after August 2012 shall no longer be subject to the 5-year cap; and
- Those EC survivorship pensioners whose pensions were stopped due to the 5-year cap will have their pension accrual from August 2012 processed.
Additional requirement with regard to the surviving legitimate spouse under this policy is that, he/she should have not remarried. And for the dependent children, the qualifications for them to be entitled are:
- must be unmarried
- must not be gainfully employed; and
- must not be over 21 years of age; or
- Over 21 years of age provided he/she is incapable of self-support due to a physical or mental defect which is congenital or acquired during minority;
For those who are entitled to this benefit, the GSIS is now processing the resumption of your pension. However, the GSIS shall first create your record in its database, hence, all qualified pensioners are enjoined to visit and inquire at the nearest GSIS regional office, and thereafter, enroll for the Land Bank eCard where your monthly pension will be credited.
For further inquiries, kindly visit the GSIS Branch nearest to your residence or call ECC at 899-4251 or 52 local 227 or 228.